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PhD stipend focusing on co-designing socially sustainable Danish healthcare-houses at Aalborg University, Copenhagen (20-21093)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning at AAU Copenhagen Campus, a PhD stipend is available within the general study programme Planning and Development. The stipend is open for appointment from 15 December 2021 or soon hereafter. The Department of Planning conducts research and teaching on sustainable and planning in a broad sense, including socio-technical aspects of sustainability.

Job description

Local Community Health Centres has played an increasingly central role in the development of the near healthcare system in Denmark since the first health reform in 2007. In the following 14 years more and more centers have been established with the purpose of hosting a package of services provided by regions and municipalities in an attempt to establish a coherent and near embracement of citizens in need of health care and preventive measures. However, a recent study concludes that the establishment and visualized outcome of the centers have been diverse and to some extent unsuccessful in meeting the individual patients need for safety and security, and coherence in the overall navigation of the course of treatment. Suggestions for improvements and solutions points to at least two areas of focus: 1) the patient journey perspective, and 2) the organizing and execution of the disciplinary work performed by the health care professionals, preferably in combination. This PhD project will take a starting point in both above mentioned focus areas using a co-design approach:

      • How can we design cohesive patient pathways across sectors and multiple actors?
      • How to empower patients and allow them to influence their own patient pathways
      • How to organize the disciplinary work performed by health care professionals to support these pathways

The PhD candidate are expected to contribute to unfolding and exploring this field as well as contributing in designing a sustainable Danish healthcare system that puts the patient first.

Candidates for the PhD scholarship are expected to have a relevant education with focus on sustainable design and co-design. Further, it is expected that the candidate has competences within:

      • Co-design of products, systems and organizations
      • Developing design games
      • Designing sustainable solutions
      • Ethnographic interviews at multiple sites
      • Analyze gathered empirical material from a socio-technical perspective

Knowledge about the Danish healthcare section is of outmost importance, and so are the ability to speak Danish at a proficient level, since studies are to be carried out with actors in the Danish healthcare system.

The applicant’s project description should be maximum 5 pages and consist of proposal for research question, theoretical approach, and empirical and methodological approach as well as an overall time plan. 

The applicant should be able to start the PhD project at the latest December 15, 2021. Workplace is the Copenhagen campus.

You may obtain further information from Acting Head of Department Søsser Brodersen, Department of Planning, mail:, concerning the scientific aspects of the PhD project.


The application must consist of the following documents:

      • Motivation letter (1 page)
      • Portfolio
      • Project description
      • CV
      • Copy of transcripts of educational achievements 

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Camilla Hvass-Raun, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email:, phone: +45 9940 7406.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief. 


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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